LINDA GRIFFIN: Team effort, job well done

BUTTON-Letters-To-Editor_stockChickasaw County received notice on April 7, 2014, from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency that the county’s 2011 disaster application is officially closed.

What this means to the citizens of this county is that all the work has been completed and payments and reimbursements have been made. What makes this even more significant is that Mississippi currently has 14 open disaster applications waiting on work to be completed or revenue to pay the state’s 12.5-percent to the counties.
Chickasaw County suffered its worst natural disaster on April 27, 2011, as a result of two tornadoes in a 12-hour period. The Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors took on the tasks of cleaning up the 31-mile stretch of storm debris with the help of Houston, Okolona, Houlka, Woodland and surrounding counties.
The disaster application with FEMA reimbursed our county 75-percent of the cost of debris cleanup and the State of Mississippi reimbursed 12.5-percent.
The cooperation of the board and elected officials during the process received praise from state and federal officials working in our county.
Chickasaw County citizens are also to be praised for the over 7,000 hours of volunteer work documented through the emergency operations center. This included cleanup, meals prepared and delivered, volunteer sites and donation centers as well as the sheriff’s inmate work program.
Words cannot express my appreciation and thanks to the many who came through this office each day asking, “What can I do to help?”
We suffered loss of life and loss of property that day but we also gained strength and knowledge that we live in one of the greatest places in the state of Mississippi.

Linda Griffin is Director of the Chickasaw County Emergency Management Agency.

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